Position Title: Marketing Intern
Department: Marketing & Communications
Term of Service: Fall 2017

Position Description:
The Marketing Intern is expected to work 10-30 hours/week for a minimum of one full semester. This position will report to the Assistant Marketing Manager. The Marketing department creates brochures, posters, flyers, web graphics, advertisements, and publications for various departments within the Museum & Aquarium. Marketing is also responsible for the Museum & Aquarium website and social media presence. The Marketing Intern would work with the Assistant Marketing Manager to create designs for various print and web materials as well as writing for a scope of projects. This internship provides the opportunity for hands-on work across a variety of media.

Essential Functions:
1. Design marketing materials from concept to print/publication.
2. Assist with social media and maintenance of the Museum & Aquarium website.
3. Assist in development of social media plans, posts and promotions.
4. Write professional and concise promotional pieces.
5. Shoot photos/video.
6. All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Qualified applicants should possess strong writing skills, acute attention to detail, have the ability to follow through on tasks in a timely manner with limited supervision, have strong problem-solving skills, and be familiar with design standards. Candidates must have demonstrated ability working with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.). Experience with photography/videography and video editing software preferred.

Requirements:
Junior standing or higher. Suggested majors: graphic design, marketing, communications, or related field. Please be prepared to provide a portfolio.

This is a temporary, non-paid, part-time position. If interested, please send resume, cover letter, and four examples of design work to Vicky Sutter (Intern Manager) at vsutter@rivermuseum.com. Applications without requested items will not be considered. Deadline for paperwork is September 1, 2017.

Position Title: Collections Inventory Intern
Department: Curatorial  Services
Term of Service: Fall 2017

This position is 6–12 hours per week during business hours, Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 4:00. Intern will provide support for the Curatorial Services (historical collections) department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium/Dubuque County Historical Society.

The intern will be involved with the inventory of the historical collections, which may include but is not limited to:
Assists the collections management staff with:
• Verifies or catalogs information on each item in the collection into the database.
• Physically locates each item in the collection. Documents or updates locations in the database.
• Correlates all items with the correct paper and database files.  If the files do not exist, creates them.
• Ensures all items are properly marked and tagged with accession numbers following professional museum standards and protocols.
• Digitally photographs or scans each item and adds images to the database.
• Assesses condition of each item and updates condition information in the database as necessary.
• Registers and catalogs undocumented “found in collection” items.
• Improves storage conditions where practical.

Applicants should possess:
• Ability to work as part of a team and follow specific directions.
• Excellent computer skills, such as experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
• Education or interest in history, anthropology, research, museums, and willingness to learn about proper museum techniques.

This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send museum application to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by email at vsutter@rivermuseum.com by Friday August 25, 2017.

Position Title: Living Collections Intern
Department: Living Collections
Term of Service: Fall 2017

The Living Collections Internship will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the general husbandry needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A).  Interns will work with members of the Living Collections Team to complete the daily tasks required to maintain the health and welfare of animals, as well as clean exhibits and back of house areas.

Key Responsibilities
• Preparation of food for animal diets and feeding out of diets in efficient manor.
• Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks. Cleaning of the exterior and interior of the enclosures as well as areas around the enclosures (floors, counters under and above enclosures).
• Exhibit servicing including monitoring the health and well-being of animals, testing for appropriate water parameters and performing water changes as needed, ensuring daily and weekly check sheets are current and maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
• Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
• Implement emergency procedures as directed.
• Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
• Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
• Assist the full-time aquarists with any necessary projects and provide alternative coverage as needed.

Special Requirements
• Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated from a college or university.
• Will typically possess a background related to living organisms.
• Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
• Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
• Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
• Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
• Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
• Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
• Must possess good decision-making and problem solving skills to make sound, independent judgments to identify problems and suggest solutions.
• Completion of a minimum of 150 hours preferably 16 hours in a week period (hours and length of time period are flexible and will depend on the individual). Progress will be documented with weekly informational reviews, as well as a final review of knowledge and skills learned.
• Completion of a project approved by the NMRM&A Living Collections Director and Supervisor, as well as give a short presentation on the project.

Application Requirements
• NMRM&A Application
• Cover Letter
• Resume
• 1 letter of recommendation (letter must be sent by the individual directly or it will not be accepted)

This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send application requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com no later than August 30, 2017.

Position Title: Water Quality Intern
Department: Living Collections
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time; weekends and holidays as agreed to; mornings generally required
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Volunteer
Department: Living Collections
Reports To: Lead Aquarist and Aquarists as assigned
Staff Reporting To This Position: None
Works Closely With: Living Collections Department

The Living Collections Department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A) strive to maintain the best water quality parameters for our aquatic animals. Water quality is the single most important factor to consider when keeping aquatic animals in a captive setting. Stress is a major component in >90% of disease outbreaks. Poor water quality is the biggest potential source of stress for most aquatic animals. A good understanding of the basics of water quality is essential for anyone caring for aquariums and aquatic animals.  The Living Collections Water Quality Internship will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the water chemistry needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the NMRM&A.

Key Responsibilities
• Conduct water quality testing on the aquatic systems in the aquarium using spectrophotometer, pH meter, refractometer, and other instruments, and ensure results are provided to staff in a timely manner.
• Ensure daily and weekly check sheets are current.
• Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
• Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks.
• Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
• Implement emergency procedures as directed.
• Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
• Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
• Provide alternate coverage and other duties for Aquarists as assigned.

Special Requirements
• Will typically possess a background related to chemistry.
• Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
• Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
• A High School Diploma is required.
• Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
• Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
• Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
• Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
• Must possess good decision-making skills to make sound, independent judgments.
• Must possess good problem-solving skills to identify problems and suggest solutions.
• Completion of a minimum of 150 hours in a 10-16 week period (hours to and length of time period are flexible and will depend on the individual). Progress will be documented with weekly informational reviews, as well as a final review of knowledge and skills learned. Completion of a final project and presentation.
• The Living Collections Intern will be required to complete a project approved by the NMRM&A Living Collections Director and Supervisor, as well as give a short presentation on the project.

Application Requirements
• NMRM&A Application
• Cover Letter
• Resume
• 1 letter of recommendation

This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send application requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com no later than August 30 for Fall, Dec. 1 for Spring, and May 1 for Summer.

Position Title: Animal Nutrition Intern
Department: Living Collections
Term of Service: Fall 2017

The Living Collections Animal Nutrition Volunteer will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the nutritional needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A).

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare animal food that will be used throughout the day by following established food prep charts.
  • Pull food for next day’s use.
  • Create shopping list for grocery runs.
  • Ensure daily and weekly check sheets are current and maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
  • Implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
  • Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Provide alternate coverage for other Aquarists and other duties as assigned.

Special Requirements        

  • Will typically possess a background related to living organisms and animal nutrition.
  • Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
  • A High School Diploma is required.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess good decision-making skills to make sound, independent judgments and must possess good problem-solving skills to identify problems and suggest solutions.
  • Completion of a minimum of 8 hours a week (hours to and length of time period are flexible and will depend on the individual). Progress will be documented with weekly informational reviews, as well as a final review of knowledge and skills learned.

Application Requirements

  • NMRM&A Volunteer Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 1 letter of recommendation (letter must be sent by the individual directly or it will not be accepted)

This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send application requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com no later than August 30, 2017.

If interested in any of the posted internships, please send resume, cover letter, completed volunteer application (below), and any additional posted requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at vsutter@rivermuseum.com or at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Download a PDF of the Volunteer Application The application may be submitted by email to vsutter@rivermuseum.com or printed and delivered by mail or in person.